May 27, 2018
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Fire leads to evacuations in downtown Portland

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters have put out a three-alarm fire in downtown Portland that led to the evacuation of several buildings.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Wassick says the blaze was put out before dawn Sunday after it had burned for a few hours.

He says three firefighters sustained minor of various types fighting the blaze and were treated and released. No one else was hurt.

More than a dozen people who live in the three-story building were evacuated, and several blocks of Congress Street were closed.

WCSH-TV reported that at one point firefighters were ordered out of the building, and hoses from trucks were used to contain the fire. Neighboring buildings were also emptied as a precaution.

Wassick says an investigation is under way to determine what started the fire.

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